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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 84
Gots: 395 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Malt Beverage brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs with 50% being aged in bourbon barrels and 12.5% with black currant added.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 07-02-2013)
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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep black-brown with some darker brown and deep red notes at the edges when held to direct light. Head is khaki and fluffy. Drops to a small creamy cap and loose bubbly collar. Splotches of lacing. Pours thick.

Smell: Fruity roasted bourbon. Deep fig and plum with some blackberry, cherry, and currant. Vanilla, oak, a hint of butterscotch and coconut as well. Malts are deeply roasted with some solid caramelized malt sweetness. Fruity, tons of dark fruit. Some solid pushes of cocoa and dark chocolate. A touch of alcohol as well. Warming pushes the bourbon element up and has a ton of caramel and butterscotch. A touch of coffee and bitter cocoa nib. A hint of licorice as well.

Taste: Slightly oxidized. Bitter cocoa nibs push the line and hit crazy dark cocoa - somewhere in the 90%+ range. Loaded with dark fruit. Currants and blackberry with some tart cherry thrown in the back. Malts are deeply roasted and slightly burnt. Caramelized sweetness. Black patent malt. Burst of alcohol on the back. Bourbon is less pronounced than the nose. Hints of vanilla, oak, and caramel. Warming pushes up a bit of butterscotch and coconut. A touch metallic. A touch of char and smoke. Old coffee beans.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a light carbonation. Slick and almost creamy. Almost clean finish and slightly dry on the end.

Overall: Just keep building the mountain.

It's good, but loses a little of the charm of the base beer. Bourbon sits a little heavy on the nose. Deeply complex and big and deep. It does what it promises.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 10/26/14

A: Pours a rich, dark, deep brown - medium sized, tan head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a rich web of lacing

S: Big, potent chocolate and dark fruits - cooked malts, caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, caramelized grains - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate - an abundance of dark fruit aromas, with figs, dates, plums, raisins - bourbon and wood with some acidity

T: Dark malts and dark fruits, everywhere - dark chocolate, cocoa, baker's chocolate - rich chocolate soaked in dark fruit booze juice (that's a thing) - dark fruits, figs, raisins, plums - dark and roasty malts, with some coffee - caramel, molasses, cooked malts - some earthy, burnt bitterness - some barrel, wood, and touches of booze

M: Medium to full body, very smooth from the barrel aging, a little oily, finishes mostly dry with some booze

O: Might make you forget your 25th birthday

Black Butte is an excellent beer to begin with, and these yearly monsters are always a treat, This is rich, chocolatey, fruity, and lightly boozy. This is a lovely sipper, as expected.

angrybabboon, Oct 26, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

The best Bomber I've had in a long time the big flavors of The Porter lead to a great Cranberry finish that is beyond good. well worth the $13.00

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter from a bomber.

The liquid is pitch-black with no evident carbonation. The head is big, leaves sticky lace, and is light-khaki in color. It looks nice. 4.25

The aroma is dark fruit and dark roast malts, initially. There are barrel aromas and vanilla and faint dark chocolate. 4

Well, as I watch football and am slightly distracted the most notable aspect of the taste is the lingering coffee on the finish. But with a bit more consideration, I start tasting dark chocolate. But upfront, this is a very different beer, as it is fruity, oaken, and vanilla smooth. 4.25

This brew feels big, but it's smooth and viscous on the tongue. The booze is evident but not offensive. 4.25

So much to like about this brew, as it's got a slight Belgian feel from the dark fruits and is still very oaken and heavy on the dark chocolate and vanilla. It's just rich on all flavors.

ONovoMexicano, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of jpd7374
5/5  rDev +17.1%

jpd7374, Sep 28, 2014
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.